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May 27, 2911 (San Diego's East County) -- San Diego Taxpayers Association has presented its not-so-coveted Grand Golden Fleece award this year to Sweetwater Union High School District for its declaration of "Let the Taxpayers Eat Wedding Cake!”


The "award" spotlighted taxpayer funded mailings and suggested improprieties involving contractors invited to the Superintendent's daughter's wedding. 


First the District financed promotional materials that conveniently spotlighted the board president, who was up for reelection in the midst of a budget crisis," a release from SDTA states.


"The Superintendent (Jesus Gandara) also invited district contractors and employees to his daughter’s bridal shower, complete with a “money tree.” Then it was revealed that the Superintendent charged $11,000 on the District’s credit card to pay for meals and travel – above and beyond his $800 monthly stipend already allocated for such expenses. Who’s the real Bridezilla here?"


The awards spotlight perceived boondoggled by elected representatives as well as media watchdog efforts. For a complete list of winners and nominees, visit www.sdcta.org.

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